Celebrated author, urban theorist, Marxist scholar, historian, and political activist Mike Davis is our guest on Rag Radio. Mike, who is Distinguished Professor in the Department of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside, is the author of “City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles,” “Ecology of Fear,” “Planet of Slums,” and “In Praise of Barbarians: Essays against Empire.” In the late 1960s, Mike lived in Austin where he was an organizer for the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS).
On the show we discus topics raised by Davis in his Oct. 30 Austin speech, sponsored by The Rag Blog, on “Texas vs. California: Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster, A California perspective on Texas-as-the-future.” (“There’s less difference than you might think.”) He discusses the Jerry Brown phenomenon and South Central LA and the little understood history of the LA gangs; the current political scene, including the sad state of the Democratic Party; the toxic Tea Party phenomenon; immigration and deportation, and the politics of demographic change; and the inevitability of a hawkish Hillary presidency.
Mike Davis was named a MacArthur Fellow in 1998, and was honored for distinguished achievement in nonfiction writing by the Lannan Literary Foundation. "City of Quartz" was named a best book in urban politics by the American Political Science Association and won the Isaac Deutscher Award from the London School of Economics, and has been translated into eight languages. Mike Davis is an editor of the New Left Review and a contributor to The Nation, the UK's New Statesman,and The Rag Blog, and was also our guest on Rag Radio in October 2011.
Host and Producer of Rag Radio: Thorne Dreyer; Engineer and Co-Producer: Tracey Schulz; Apprentice: Ken Martin; Still Photographer: Roger Baker; Videographer: Alan Pogue. Rag Radio (koop.org/ragradio) is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog (TheRagBlog.com) and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP, and is rebroadcast and streamed on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., Sundays at 10 a.m. (Eastern time) and on Houston Pacifica's KPFT HD-3 90.1 on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. (Central). Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Running time: 56:07.